The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute’s (CTSI) Access Technology Program (ATP) advances translational science by connecting Indiana CTSI investigators to innovative technologies and specialized equipment located on all four Indiana CTSI campuses (Indiana University, Purdue University, IUPUI and the University of Notre Dame) across the state. Two initiatives of the ATP that connect researchers with core services are the Core Pilot program and the Postdoctoral Challenge program; funding provided through these programs can only be used in Indiana CTSI-designated core facilities.
“The ability for Indiana CTSI-designated core users to participate in programs like the Core Pilot program and the Postdoc Challenge are great ways for them to obtain funding to use the core facility services to improve the impact and competitiveness of their research,” said Jill Reiter, PhD, Director of the Access Technology Program. “We also help promote the Indiana CTSI-designated cores through our website and the new technology-based seminar series that was initiated this year. These are great opportunities for users and core facilities to connect with one another.”
The ATP also provides guidance for and review of the Indiana CTSI-designated cores to promote best practices and ensure that the core services are meeting the needs of the Indiana CTSI investigators. While Indiana CTSI-designated cores are administratively managed by individual universities or departments, they are granted “Indiana CTSI-designated core” status if they meet the ATP Core Oversight Program’s standards for scientific quality, pricing, operations, policies governing publication, payment and dispute resolution, advisory committees, and user satisfaction.
“This seal of approval gives researchers confidence that the operations and processes of the core have been assessed and are appropriate,” said Reiter.
For more information on the technologies and services offered by the Indiana CTSI research service cores or how to apply to become an Indiana CTSI-designated core, please visit the service cores website here.